The installation of
This Is A Canvas
, the first phase of a free, public street art exhibition created in partnership with Florida Atlantic University and Broward College, is now featured on the large, 90 foot wide blank exterior west wall of the FAU/Broward College Higher Education Complex located on SE First Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The current work will be up through the Fall 2015 and then be replaced with work from other local artists, including those from FAU and Broward College.
“The idea of
This is A Canvas
is to bring the more public art into the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale in a dynamic way that reflects the changing identity of the city,” said liaison Jonathan Morgan, adjunct professor in Broward College’s Visual & Performing Arts Department. “The wall will feature new artists throughout the year. Visitors to the site can see the steps each artist takes and even discuss the work with the artists to better understand their motivation for the piece. The entire creative process is on display and makes the exhibition about more than the final work.”
The five artists participating in the inaugural cycle of the This Is A Canvas exhibition are Charlotte Maloney, FAU alumnus; Luis A. Gutierrez, BC alumni; Naghmeh Goodarzi, FAU alumni; Tyler K. Smith, BC faculty; and Henning Haupt, FAU faculty.
“All work made for This Is A Canvas will be added to the new Florida Atlantic University/Broward College Public Street Art Collection,” said Morgan. “The collection will be a permanent and open catalog of every work created and information on the artists who made them.”
"We are thrilled to work with our partners in higher education at Broward College to host the installation of This Is A Canvas on the west wall of the FAU/BC Higher Education Complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale,” said FAU Associate Provost Anthony Abbate. "We are committed to improving the quality of the urban experience downtown!”